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About Ellyn Satter

The inspirational leader of the Ellyn Satter Institute

Ellyn Satter

About Ellyn Satter


Ellyn Satter is a Registered Dietitian, Family Therapist, and internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. In her presentations, books, videos, teaching materials, articles, and social media, Satter shares the wisdom of her 50 years’ experience and research in helping with eating and feeding.

Ellyn pioneered the Satter Eating Competence Model (ecSatter) and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model (fdSatter) and created the Division of Responsibility in Feeding (sDOR), which is the gold standard for feeding children.  In her transformative, practical, theoretically sound, and evidence-based conceptualizations of eating and feeding, Satter emphasizes competency rather than deficiency, providing rather than depriving, and trust rather than control.

During her earlier professional years, Ellyn specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy, in the symptom management of eating disorders, and ran Ellyn Satter Associates, which provided resources for professionals and the public in the area of eating and feeding.  These days, she is a senior faculty member and programming consultant for the Ellyn Satter Institute.

Ellyn continues to publish and consult, dedicating herself to mentoring both parents and professionals. Practical, warm and empowering, she helps nutrition, health, and mental health professionals to identify and correct eating and feeding distortions and allow the people they advise to gain eating competence. She helps non-professionals by crafting and publishing accessible and authoritative printed materials and videos and by making herself available for conversations on FaceBook.


A sampling of Satter’s books and teaching materials

  • Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook.
  • Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming (Birth through Adolescence
  • Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense.
  • How to Get Your Kid To Eat…But Not Too Much.
  • Feeding with Love and Good Sense: The First Two Years
  • Feeding with Love and Good Sense: 18 months through six years
  • Ellyn Satter’s Feeding with Love and Good Sense II DVD
  • Ellyn Satter’s Feeding with Love and Good Sense II: Parent Teaching Package
  • Ellyn Satter’s Feeding in Primary Care Pregnancy Through Preschool: Easy-to-Read Reproducible Masters
  • Ellyn Satter’s Nutrition and Feeding for Infants and Children: Handout Masters
  • Satter Eating Competence Model Webcast Series on CD 

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